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Cherry Blossom (Sakura) 桜- Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa

29 Jan

Hanami is an important part of Japanese culture which means flower viewing, and generally in this country means cherry blossoms (Sakura). It is a century old custom originally limited to the elite Japanese Imperial Court and I am most thankful this is now open to everyone. This is something one should not miss while in Japan!

Cherry Blossom viewing at Mt. Yaedake, Motobui, Okinawa, Japan.

Cherry Blossom viewing at Mt. Yaedake, Motobui, Okinawa, Japan.

 

Hubby and I were privileged to go to Mt. Yaedake in Motobu, Okinawa to enjoy the cherry blossoms up and close. Sakura in Okinawa is the earliest blossom which can be enjoyed from late January to early February  while the rest of Japan had to wait until April or May. We availed of Kadena Information Tickets and Travel (ITT) tour services where we only have to conveniently hop on a bus without the hassle of driving and spoil ourselves with a good view of the island.

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

 

Mt.Yaedake is the second highest mountain in Okinawa. The street that goes up to the top is 4.5 kilometers. Driving your car to the top is optional although it is most enjoyed by walking to get intimate with the cherry blossoms as you walk past 4000 Kanhi-Zakura Cherry trees that line both sides of the street by the Okinawa-US Friendship Association as a way of saying thank you to the people of Motobu when the military installation on top of the mountain closed. Once you get to the mountaintop, be prepared to be amazed with a spectacular view of the town and the Ie Island that will surely take your breath away.

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

The street up to the top of Mt.Yaedake in Okinawa, Japan is 4.5 kilometers lined with 4000 Kanhi-Zakura Cherry trees on both sides by the Okinawa-US .Friendship Association.

The street up to the top of Mt.Yaedake in Okinawa, Japan is 4.5 kilometers lined with 4000 Kanhi-Zakura Cherry trees on both sides by the Okinawa-US .Friendship Association.

One of the cherry trees tied with pink ribbon at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

One of the cherry trees tied with pink ribbon at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

A breathtaking view on top of Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

A breathtaking view on top of Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

A spectacular view of Motobu town and Ie Island from the top of Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

A spectacular view of Motobu town and Ie Island from the top of Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

 

The day we did our Hanami marked the start of the 35th Annual Yaedake Sakura Matsuri, so we were fortunate to watch a showcase of different cultural performances. How did I get this lucky to be here in this country rich in tradition and culture.?

Some cultural performances during the 35th Annual Yae-dake Sakura Matsuri at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Some cultural performances during the 35th Annual Yae-dake Sakura Matsuri at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Some karate performances during the 35th Annual Yae-dake Sakura Matsuri at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Some karate performances during the 35th Annual Yae-dake Sakura Matsuri at Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

 

Some girls dream to get their marriage proposal under a cherry blossom. I do not blame them because it truly feels magical when you see one.  But girls, you can have all the cherry blossoms you want. They are all beautiful and oh so enchanting. But I already have my adorable hubby who proposed in front of the Hadrian Wall after 3 long days of hiking and that is for me my own sweet fairy tale.

And I got kissed by hubby under a cherry blossom. Life is good.

Hubby and I after a wonderful cherry blossom viewing in Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

Hubby and I after a wonderful cherry blossom viewing in Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa, Japan.

 

 

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6 responses to “Cherry Blossom (Sakura) 桜- Mt.Yaedake, Motobu, Okinawa

  1. WanderingJu

    January 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I miss Motobu!! :(

     
  2. Chatter Master

    January 29, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Life is very beautiful as well! :)

     
  3. apple.e.e-s.

    January 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Yes, it is Chatter Master. Cheers :)

     
  4. rommel

    February 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I think I’m going to cry, more like weep actually. :D Joke. Cherry Blossom viewing has long been one of my most desired in my bucket list. How I wish to get to Japan someday and live my dream of it. Your pictures, why you have to zoom in :D… I really am jealous. I really hope my employer takes me there when I’m done here in California.

     
  5. apple.e.e-s.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    haha no crying and weeping Rommel please. I have to zoom in the cherry blossoms because I am now inlove with them. I now understand why poetry and arts were made as an ode to sakura, it is really pretty. Visit Japan soon, or you may want to check Sakura in Washington :)

     

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